The health and biomedical research workforce will become truly diversified when socioeconomic barriers are overcome, allowing individuals from all backgrounds to become members and leaders of their fields. Focused opportunities must be provided for individuals from low-income and diverse backgrounds, and the major goal is to ensure that individuals with interest and passion also have the skills, accomplishments, network, and support system required to succeed at each level of training.  We strive to provide these opportunities through our Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM) pipeline effort.

To date, the CSM Initiative has served 353 scholars.  This includes 160 5th Graders (one-week science camp), 129 high schoolers (6 and 8 week summer internships with academic fortification), 47 undergraduates (10-week summer internships), and 23 post-baccalaureates (up to two-year mentored research-intensive training).  At least 83% of our high school scholars have matriculated into 4-year college programs and 73% have chosen STEM majors.  At the other end of the spectrum, 72% of our post-baccalaureate scholars have been accepted into MD, MD/PhD, and PhD programs at a variety of institutions, including Hopkins, Stanford, Albert Einstein, Vanderbilt, Brown, Baylor, among many others.  7% are working towards their MS degree, and the remaining 20% are working as research scientists.

The CSM Initiative has been funded, in part, by a Health Careers Opportunity Program grant (non-renewable) through the Health Resources and Services Administration.  We also receive support from the Thomas Wilson Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and private donors.  If you are interested in helping support the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine, please contact Doug Robinson (dnr@jhmi.edu) or Katie Sullivan, Associate Director of Development (ksulli52@jhmi.edu).

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July 21, 2017

The Careers in Science and Medicine went to the Hill to advocate for the Health Careers Opportunity Program, which supports

Example Publications Authored by CSM Scholars

Park J, Saha S, Han D, De Maesschalck S, Moore RD, Korthius PT, Roter D, Knowlton A, Woodson T, Beach MC. Emotional communication in HIV care: An observational study of patients’ expressed emotions and clinician response. AIDS and Behavior 2019; In press.
Kwaa AKR, Talana CAG, Blankson JN. Interferon alpha enhances NK cell function and the suppressive capacity of HIV-specific CD8+ T cells. J. Virol. 2019; 93(3): e01541-18. PubMed PMID: 30404799
Saung MT, Muth S, Ding D, Thomas DL 2nd, Blair AB, Tsujikawa T, Coussens L, Jaffee EM, Zheng L. Targeting myeloid-inflamed tumor with anti-CSF-1R antibody expands CD137+ effector T-cells in the murine model of pancreatic cancer. J. Immunother. Canc. 2018; 6(1): 118 (1-11). PMCID: PMC6234697
McAdams-DeMarco MA, Ying H, Thomas AG, Warsame F, Shaffer AA, Haugen CE, Garonzik-Wang JM, Desai NM, Varadhan R, Walston J, Norman SP, Segev DL. Frailty, Inflammatory Markers, and Waitlist Mortality Among Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease in a Prospective Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2018; 102(10):1740-1746. PMID: 29677074.
Chavez-Valdez R, Emerson P, Goffigan-Holmes J, Kirkwood A, Martin LJ, Northington FJ. Delayed injury of hippocampal interneurons after neonatal hypoxia-ischemia and therapeutic hypothermia in a murine model. Hippocampus. 2018;  28(8):617-630. PMID: 29781223.